Charles Terrell wants off death row. More precisely, the Dallas
insurance exec and longtime criminal justice advocate wants his named
removed from Texas' death row prison, the Charles T. Terrell Unit in
The state's bulging population of condemned prisoners "causes Texas a
lot of embarrassment all over the world," said the former Texas Board of
Criminal Justice chairman. The board often names prisons for past
leaders, and Terrell's was a run-of-the-mill jail when christened for
him in 1993.
The state later moved death row to Livingston after an escape attempt at
the older Huntsville facility.
Terrell has mixed feelings about the death penalty, especially the way
Texas administers it - he says he's still concerned about racial
disparity and execution of the mentally impaired. Besides which, his mom
doesn't like seeing the family name each time a convict gets the
San Antonio attorney Allan Polunsky doesn't seem to mind. The prison
board was expected to rename the Livingston prison for him (another
former chairman) at a meeting late last week.